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Students write a Thanksgiving story. In this creative writing lesson, students review fiction versus nonfiction and plot development. Students are presented with a list of words which must be included in a short story about Thanksgiving.
Sixth graders, in groups, create restaurants, menus, and advertisements to attract Thanksgiving Day customers.
Third graders read "The Plymouth Thanksgiving Story" by Chuck Larsen. They discuss their prior knowledge of Thanksgiving history and question traditional views. They consider that there are always two or more sides to a story.
Students complete internet research on the first Thanksgiving, the Mayflower, Pilgrims, Plymouth Colony and the Wampanoags. Using specified websites, they visit the ship of the Mayflower, and experience Mayflower interviews. Students write a diary as if they were a Pilgrim on the Mayflower. They research settlers' motivations and preparations for sailing to the New World. Additional hands-on activities are listed.
Students write their thoughts and feelings about Thanksgiving. In this writing lesson, students are given a different topic to write about each day involving Thanksgiving. Students also illustrate their writing.
Students watch streaming video, Holiday Facts and Fun: Thanksgiving, define and discuss acrostic poetry, complete circle map using words associated with Thanksgiving, and create acrostic Thanksgiving poems to be typed in Microsoft Word and combined into class booklet.
In this Thanksgiving worksheet, students read the passage about Thanksgiving and answer short answer questions about it. Students complete 5 questions.
Students read a book about Thanksgiving, and then create an acrostic poem about Thanksgiving. In this Thanksgiving lesson plan, students discuss their own families and what they are thankful for.
For this Thanksgiving worksheet, students complete a crossword puzzle filling in ten clues related to the traditions of Thanksgiving and the history of Thanksgiving.
Students examine the way diverse groups can perceive a shared experience in a dramatically different light.  Students read commentary written by Native American writers and find examples of different points of view.  Students specifically explore the idea that Thanksgiving is not a day of celebration for indigenous people, but a day that is a reminder of the end of their way of life. 
First graders decode Thanksgiving vocabulary while learning about the history of this holiday.  In this Thanksgiving history lesson, 1st graders listen to a story, trace their hands to make turkey feathers and listen to a turkey poem.  Students compare the first Thanksgiving with the modern holiday.
Writing prompts, classroom warm-ups, and even research starters focused on the Thanksgiving holiday.
Students create Thanksgiving menu and pre-dinner blessing or ritual that is sensitive to five different imaginary Thanksgiving guests from a variety of backgrounds.
First graders examine the reasons for the Thanksgiving celebration in the United States. They research information about what type of items were used in the past and items that are currently used. They investigate life on the Mayflower and compare pictures that appear in their textbook.
Students explore five web sites in order to identify the various ways Thanksgiving has been celebrated in the past and how it is celebrated today. They consider the diversity of United States and this affects celebrations of the day.
In this Thanksgiving activity, students write an acrostic poem about the holiday. Students use the letters in THANKSGIVING to start each line of poetry.
First graders perform a song and skit to illustrate how music can be used to communicate movement As part of the Thanksgiving Day program, 1st graders perform a song and skit that illustrates how music can be used to communicate movement.
Students explore the concept of the first Thanksgiving.  In this Thanksgiving lesson, students discover what it was like to live during that time period.  Students compare and contrast the first Thanksgiving to their own.
Students investigate The First Thanksgiving. In this Thanksgiving lesson, students explore the experiences, actions, and decisions of the settlement of the Plymouth colony. Students research information, use timelines, and KWL charts to understand the reason for the journey to the New World.
Students explore the first Thanksgiving. In this holiday lesson, students create a KWL chart on what they know about the first Thanksgiving and conduct Internet research on this topic. Students use a Venn diagram to compare and contrast the lifestyles of the Pilgrims to the Wampanoags.

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